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"TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION" Continuing the Conversation Started by the Netflix Series '13 Reasons Why'

  • Sunday, October 15, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • The Sherman Oaks Galleria | 15301 Ventura Blvd. (Sherman Oaks (intersection of 405 and 101 freeways)
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Presenter: Cheryl Karp Eskin, LMFT 

Cheryl Karp Eskin, LMFT, is the Program Director at Teen Line, a teen-to-teen hotline where teenagers can talk to a trained teen listener about any problem, no matter how big or small.  She is also the co-chair of the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Network.  Cheryl started her mental health career at the age of 14 years as a Teen Line listener.  She has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2003.  She has worked with adolescents in a variety of settings, including nonpublic school, private practice, and community mental health.  Cheryl is passionate about decreasing the stigma around suicide and depression.  You can find her bi-monthly blog about all things teen on the TEEN LINE parent website (www.teenlineonline.org/parents).  Cheryl can be reached at 310-423-1604 or Cheryl@teenlineonline.org.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10-24 year olds, yet it is not usually on parents’ top 10 list of things to worry about.  Most clinicians are not required to have training in suicide assessment or prevention, yet the majority of us will have contact with suicidal people in our clinical or personal lives.  Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’ has opened the conversation on suicide, but has not brought enough attention to mental health conditions, resources or hope.  In reality, it may have unintentionally increased suicidal ideation.  This workshop will help clinicians feel more prepared for working with suicidal teens.

Learning Objectives – At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how the unique challenges of adolescence can lead to increased rates of suicide and depression. 
  2. Discuss how media portrayals of suicide like 13 Reasons Why can have a strong negative impact on teens
  3. Identify risk factors of suicidality and depression in adolescents. 
  4. Intervene appropriately in a suicidal crisis situation.
  5. Know how parents, schools, and communities can best respond to a show such as 13 Reasons Why

* (PLEASE NOTE NEW earlier START TIME (as required by The Sherman Oaks Galleria).

LOCATION:  The Sherman Oaks Galleria is located at 15301 Ventura Blvd. - Intersection of 101 and 405 freeways and corner of Ventura and Sepulveda.

Entrance at southern end of parking structure is easiest.  Follow signs to Valet Parking area and then to Self- Parking.  Take elevator/escalator to The Community Room which is located on the 1st floor near the escalator, and past Paul Mitchell Salon and ATM.                           

Validation for all day free parking provided at meeting.


All clinical disciplines are welcome and may attend at NO charge.   Attendees can attend any presentation regardless of its location.  Students are encouraged to attend.  Light refreshments are provided.  Bring your flyers, brochures and business cards for networking and socializing.  Society members earn 2.0 CE units at no charge.  The cost for non-members to receive 2.0 CE units is $20.    This presentation meets the qualifications for 2.0 CE units for LCSWs, ASWs, LPCCs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

NOTE: REGISTERED ASWs can now accrue CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS towards their license, as long as they receive prior approval from their supervisor. ASW members receive CEUs at no charge.


Tanya Moradians Ph.D, LCSW 818 783-1881 or tmoradia@ucla.edu (SFV District Coordinator)

Gloria Gesas, LCSW 818 990-1053 or gegesaslcsw@gmail.com (SFV District Coordinator)

For more information, or becoming a new member,  or to renew your membership contact: info@clinicalsocialworksociety.org or 650 460-9210.

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